Salukis finish tied for fourth place and will be the No. 6 seed and play Northern Iowa next Friday night at 8:35 p.m.
Tyler became the first in his family to earn a Division I scholarship.
Desmar Jackson had 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots to lead SIU.
Tyler Smithpeters (Fr.), Bronson Verhines (Sr.) and Dawson Verhines (Jr.) added to 2013-14 roster.
Started 12 games and averaged 7.7 points as a starter while shooting .419 from 3-point range...Made the winning 3-point shot vs. Illinois State on March 1 with nine seconds left...Made two free throws with one second left to send Loyola game to OT...Made at least one 3-pointer in nine-straight games from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22.
Harrisburg High School
In his senior season, led Harrisburg to a 33-1 record and 2A state championship...Named IBCA First-Team All-State and Southern Illinoisan Co-Player of the Year (with teammate Capel Henshaw)...Averaged 17.5 points, six assists and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range...A three-time River-to-River All-Conference and All-South honoree...Ended his career as the second-leading scorer in HHS history.
Born Dec. 26, 1993...Son of Randy and Patricia Smithpeters...Played basketball for his father at Harrisburg High School...Has four brothers and one sister...Brother of former Saluki Kyle Smithpeters, a walk-on guard who played on SIU's 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournament teams. Kyle is currently the head coach at John A. Logan College in nearby Carterville.
|Tyler Smithpeters Career Stats|